Laurel Champion is Chief Operating Officer for the American Center for Mobility. She was formerly the general manager for Southeast Michigan for the MLive Media Group, and had an extensive career in the media industry for 25 years.

Laurel has worked in various roles for Advance Publications in Syracuse, NY, and New Orleans, LA, before moving to Ann Arbor, MI, in 2001.

Prior to her work with MLive, Laurel was Executive Vice President and co-founder of, an online digital company launched in 2009 to serve greater Ann Arbor. In 2013, she led the integration of into the MLive Media Group. Laurel was the publisher of The Ann Arbor News from 2005 until 2009.

Laurel is a co-founder of Ann Arbor SPARK, having served on its Executive Committee for 11 years, and continues to serve on its Development Committee. She is also a past campaign co-chair for the Washtenaw United Way, and served as vice chair of the Washtenaw United Way board. Laurel is also a past member of the A2Y Chamber Board of Directors and executive committee.

She has been active in the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Detroit and Washtenaw Economic Clubs, and is a member of Inforum. She has volunteered with Washtenaw Literacy, St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital Holiday Ball, and the Community Success Strategy for the Ann Arbor Region and the former Center for Occupational and Personalized Education.